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Smith Debnam took to the basketball courts in the 2014 August Madness Wheelchair Basketball Tournament hosted by Bridge II Sports, a local nonprofit that helps improve the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities. On August 11, attorneys from Smith Debnam, along with employees from other local businesses, teamed up with area sports stars for a day of competition and sportsmanship to benefit local children and adults living with physical disabilities. Smith Debnam advanced to the final four in the tournament and finished 3rd overall after losing to Capital Broadcasting, 26-28. This marks the third year Smith Debnam has participated in the event.
The 2014 Smith Debnam team included current player and coach of the Triangle Thunder Wheelchair Basketball Team, Kevin H. Bailey, along with Smith Debnam attorneys John Sperati, Christina McAlpin Taylor, Sam Fleder, Alicia Jurney, and Tom Gray. Nolan Turner, a member of the Triangle Jr. Thunder Basketball team, served as coach for a third year in a row.
“Bridge II Sports has been instrumental in raising community awareness for individuals dealing with physical disabilities,” said Smith Debnam Partner John M. Sperati. “I’m glad to see so many Triangle area businesses getting involved to make a difference.” Sperati currently serves on the board of directors for Bridge II Sports, and chairs the Bridge II Sports legal committee.
Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a mid-sized North and South Carolina law firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC. The firm’s practice includes Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Immigration Law, and Professional Negligence.
Bridge II Sports is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for children and adults who are physically challenged to play team and individual sports. Alongside a number of community partners, Bridge II Sports provides and coordinates the equipment, coaching and play space, as well as develops teams. Bridge II Sports’ goal is to help individuals to discover tenancy, confidence, self-esteem, and the joy of finding the player from within.